Apache2 – mod_fcgid: HTTP request length exceeds MaxRequestLen

Few days ago I found a very good Open Source project for sharing and synchronization (Dropbox alternative) called Pydio. Heard before for this project, but I have never tried to install it before. I tried the demo and decided to install Pydio on my own server and check this little bit more. Installation procedure went smoothly and in 5 minutes I had my sharing web site ready to use.

But, when I tried to upload multiple files, all of them larger than 3Mb, browser simply returned:

Then I checked Apache2 log, and here is what I found:

It seams that MaxRequestLen directive of mod_fccgid is too low. To fix this, you need to update few options in your php.ini file. Search for upload_max_filesize which puts limit on any single file, default value should be set to this:

change this value to whatever you want, but I strongly suggest you to set >50M. Then search for post_max_size, default value is:

this is the size of the entire body of the request, which could include multiple files. Set this value at lest 2-3x as upload_max_filesize. Continue reading Apache2 – mod_fcgid: HTTP request length exceeds MaxRequestLen

Virtual hosts overlap on 443, the first has precedence

Apache2 LogoToday I got strange error on my production server when I tried to enable SSL on three domains. Since I use ISPConfig as hosting control panel I assumed it will work without problems. But I was wrong. I did little bit of research on this topic, and I found a simple solution.

If you look at /etc/apache2/ports.conf file, you will see:

This way Apache knows which virtual host to serve based on the different host names. And it works fine for *:80 port. But, for 443 port it’s disabled, so you need to update ports.conf as follows to make it work:

Make sure to restart Apache and it will work fine.

I hope this tip will save you some time.


More about Apache2 virtual hosts you can learn here. Other useful links I found while I was looking for solution:

Apache error: _default_ virtualhost overlap on port 443
Virtual hosts overlap on 443, first has precedence
VirtualHost Overlap on Port 443